3 Many different churches
In this chapter we are going to see how churches worship, and that the oneChurch is made up of many churches.
1 Gathering – Baptised into One Body
The Church is the love of God, opened to man. This gathering, processionand worship make us visible and available to us. In the Church all people arebeing called together and reconciled in this love. We are called out to be thisdistinct gathered people, and we are sent to our society to be witnesses of this reconciliation. The Church is distinct from the society around it for thesake of that society. We are brought into the Church not only for our ownsake, but the sake of those who are not yet members of the Church. We enter the Church in baptism, sometimes also referred as conversion. Since there isone baptism, Christians must regard all other Christians as members of theChurch. as the baptism service puts it: ‘
In joyful obedience to your Son webaptise into his fellowship those who come to him in faith
.’ Through all thegreat variety of church and discipleship, there is one Church, and the greatvariety of the churches is for the sake of the world.
1. We may enter the presence of the Lord
When we enter Church, the building and the worshipping community, we enter the presence of God. The Lord is enthroned before us. He is high and liftedup, his glory fills the temple. The whole company of heaven stand around him.He holds audience with all creation, and each Church service is our peek intothis audience.We recognise and acknowledge the presence of the Lord and of all hiscompany. Some bow or genuflect as they come into the building, some kneeland pray in silence until the service begins, while others greet their friends.
All people that on earth do dwell,come ye before him and rejoice.O enter then his gates with praise,approach with joy his courts unto
Welcomed in to the courts of the king I’ve been ushered into your presence.Lord I stand on your merciful ground Yet with every step tread with reverence
The Lord calls, and so we come. In the place where there was no evidence of God for man, there is now the community that is gathered to be this evidence.The Church exists because God has called into existence. The Lord says